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Homeopathy

September 01, 1997

Homeopathy is the modality most difficult to describe in this series on alternative forms of medical treatment for horses. For one thing, even its most ardent advocates and learned practitioners don't know exactly how it works. For another, ther... Read More

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Equine Herpes Virus

September 01, 1997

The first thought that comes to most people when the word "herpes" is mentioned is one of those nagging pain-in-the-neck cold sores, one type of which is caused by a herpes virus, and the venereal disease "herpes simplex." The word "herpes"... Read More

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Tendon Injuries Part 3: Suspensory Desmitis

September 01, 1997

Although the suspensory is considered a ligament, it is appropriate to discuss this structure in our tendon series since technically it is a vestigial ("existing as a rudimentary structure") tendon. To review the anatomy, the suspensory... Read More

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When the Bone Breaks

September 01, 1997

They shoot horses, don't they? We all know about the rather depressing traditional "cure" for a horse with a broken leg. But there's good news--they "shoot" them a lot less often these days. The reason is that remarkable advances in equine... Read More

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Dropped Hip/Hunter's Bump

August 01, 1997

Can you please tell me what the terms "hunter's bump" and a "dropped hip" refer to, and how they are different? ... Read More

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Shopping for the Barn

August 01, 1997

Stocking your barn involves a variety of purchases, beginning Day 1 and continuing over the years. Besides the obvious furnishings of feeding and watering accessories, your interior can include such items as stall gates, saddle and bridle racks,... Read More

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If A Horse Dies on the Highway, Does Anyone Hear?

August 01, 1997

Fall is upon us, and soon it will be winter. Fall marks a dying time, when trees lose their leaves...and horses lose their lives. It's tough for some people to feed their horses through another winter. Some older animals... Read More

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AHC Convention 1997

August 01, 1997

Welfare. Regulation. Legislation. Disease prevention. These are the issues facing horse owners at all levels, and these are the issues that the American Horse Council tackled at its annual convention. These items not only affect horse owners on... Read More

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Fluids and Electrolytes: Life's Curious Brew

August 01, 1997

Encouraging water consumption is extremely important. This often starts by making sure your horses have free access to a good, clean water source.... Read More

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Equine Tendon Lacerations: Part 2

August 01, 1997

Electric fence wire, barbed wire, sheet metal...What do these things have in common? They
all have caused catastrophic tendon injuries in horses. The structure and function of tendons, as well as flexor tendon desmitis, were reviewed in the... Read More

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Hay, Look Me Over

August 01, 1997

Performing a hay analysis whenever you get a shipment of hay is an excellent management routine, especially since the results can have a significant impact on the grains and supplements you choose to feed.... Read More

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No Sweat: Anhidrosis

July 01, 1997

Heat builds up rapidly in the body of an exercising horse and must be quickly dissipated if thermal injury is to be prevented. For the normal horse, this is not all that much of a problem. Like man, the horse cools its body by sweating, and this... Read More

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Tendinitis

July 01, 1997

Tendinitis is a troublesome disorder for many owners and trainers of highly competitive horses. In fact, some horsemen feel injury to the tendons and ligaments threatens an equine athlete's career more than fractures. The "bowed... Read More

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Hematoma

July 01, 1997

Hematoma is a word most of us have heard at some point in time, in reference to a swelling on a horse or yourself. But what is it, and how does it affect your horse? This article will discuss some of the conditions or diseases in horses that... Read More

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Feeding Fat for Energy and Performance

July 01, 1997

If there was a nutritional buzzword that was started in the '90s, it was fat. We fitness-conscious (and frequently overweight) North Americans still might not fully understand the differences between "good" cholesterol and "bad" cholesterol... Read More

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Magnetic Therapy

July 01, 1997

Horses are electrically charged. So are people. Sound a bit bizarre? Because of this electrical presence, the use of magnets has been a part of the therapeutical approach to treatment of injuries and other maladies since the 18th century.... Read More

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Bandaging Basics

June 01, 1997

A common question among horse owners and veterinary students is: When is it appropriate to bandage a leg or wound and, if it is, what is the best material with which to bandage it? There is an ever-growing variety of commercial bandaging materia... Read More

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Barren Mares

June 01, 1997

For a successful domestic species, the fertility rate of the horse is surprisingly low. Coupled with an 11-month gestation period and a single offspring per year, producing a foal is a significant investment for any breeder. So, if you're... Read More

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The Purchase Exam

June 01, 1997

As the name suggests, purchase exams are an exploratory process designed to evaluate the physical condition of a horse before you commit to a purchase. It is performed by a veterinarian and is, before anything else, a comprehensive physical... Read More

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Working For Welfare

June 01, 1997

Animal welfare and animal rights are not the same; neither are the people who support each cause. Animal welfare means horse people making sure horses are kept and utilized in a humane and safe manner, with consideration given to the animals'... Read More

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Pseudomonas Infection in Horses

May 01, 1997

Pseudomonas is a bacteria family that can cause many types of illnesses, from loss of sight to reproductive problems to death. Members of the genus Pseudomonas are commonly found in aquatic habitats (wet areas... Read More

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Strangles in Horses

May 01, 1997

Caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi, this highly contagious disease is most common and severe in young horses.

One beautiful spring morning, you are milling around  in the barn after the morning feeding trying to... Read More

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Caslicks Procedure

May 01, 1997

The Caslick procedure of surgically closing the upper part of the vulva has been commonly practiced on broodmares for the past 60 years. The procedure evolved in an effort to treat what E. A. Caslick, DVM, had observed--the negative effect that... Read More

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Transporting Foals

April 04, 1997

The necessity of foals being shipped can arise for a variety of different reasons, including traveling with the mare to a breeding farm, moving to a new farm after purchase, or traveling to a hospital due to illness or injury of the foal or mare.... Read More

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Stereotypic Behaviors

April 01, 1997

Chomp! Incisors lock onto the edge of the board, and the horse arches his neck as he inhales. You've caught a cribber.... Read More